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Antarctica, the southernmost continent and site of the South Pole, is a virtually uninhabited, ice-covered landmass. Most cruises to the continent visit the Antarctic Peninsula, which stretches toward South America. It’s known for the Lemaire Channel and Paradise Harbor, striking, iceberg-flanked passageways, and Port Lockroy, a former British research station turned museum. The peninsula’s isolated terrain also shelters rich wildlife, including many penguins.

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The Atlandis Top 3 'Things to Do'

Kayak With Whales

Cruising slowly atop the mirror-esque surface of one of Antarctica’s pristine bays along the Gerlache coastline might just be the most peaceful experience in the world. It’s hard to feel anything other than complete tranquility while surrounded by glaciers, snow-capped mountains, and clear blue skies. Spotting seal, minke, orca, and humpback whale is common, and seeing them from the water level is beyond spectacular. It’s certainly an Antarctic activity not to pass up.

Penguin Watching

One Antarctica activity that’s on everyone’s bucket list is hanging out with penguins. Antarctica is home to six different types of penguins — Adelie, Gentoo, Rockhopper, Chinstrap, Macaroni, and the most impressive, Emperor. Lucky for you, it’s pretty much a guarantee that you’ll get to spend some quality time with them.

The penguins in Antarctica are totally unfazed by humans, so don’t be alarmed if they waddle right up to you (although visitors are asked to keep a respectful distance). The Weddell Sea and the Antarctic Circle are the most popular for penguin watching.

Crusie the Coast in a Zodiac Boat

Go where your cruise ship can’t — hop aboard a small, sturdy inflatable boat and buzz between the icebergs and around the mountains. This is your chance to get an up-close look at some of the more cautious wildlife in the ocean, on land, and in the skies. It’s common for leopard seals, penguins, and other curious animals to pop up alongside to say hello. You’ll never feel so small in your life as you gaze up at the massive glaciers and icebergs from sea level. To call it a humbling experience would be an understatement.

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